James Henry Snowden Professor of Systematic Theology
Year Started at PTS: 1998

Contact Info



  • Ph.D., University of Chicago / Christian Theology
  • M.Div., McCormick Theological Seminary
  • M.A., University of Chicago / Religion
  • B.A., Colorado College / Philosophy/Native American Studies

Recent Courses Taught

  • Church and Sacraments
  • Confessing the Faith Today
  • Reformed Theology: Practice and Formation
  • The Pastoral Rule
  • Ancient Church History
  • Introduction to Eastern Orthodoxy
  • Protestant Encounters with Orthodoxy


Church Association

Ordination: PC(USA), Minister of Word and Sacrament

Professional Competencies

Areas of Specialty

  • Ecclesiology
  • Worship and Sacraments
  • Theology of Karl Barth
  • Orthodox Church in Post-Communist Russia
  • Protestant Church in Post-Communist Eastern Germany

Professional Service

Board Service

  • Fellow of the Center for Barth Studies, Princeton Theological Seminary

Leadership for Professional Societies

  • Faculty Mentor, Company of New Pastors (Lilly-funded program for supporting pastors in their first call), Office of Theology and Worship, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)


  • 2014-2015: Research Fellow, Center of Theological Inquiry
  • 2012: Luce Fellow in Theology
  • 2011: Fulbright Scholar

Additional Resources

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"In-Churching Russia," First Things, May 2014. In this article, Dr. Burgess discusses observations of the reemergence of the Orthodox Church in post-Soviet Russia through the eyes of an American Protestant.